Entries in Dick Clark (8)


Dick Clark Had Prostate Surgery the Day Before He Died

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Dick Clark underwent surgery the day before he suffered the heart attack that ended his life last Wednesday.

Access Hollywood has obtained Clark's death certificate, which indicates the 82-year-old TV personality underwent a transurethral resection of the prostate, a procedure that removes a section of the prostate that blocks urine flow.

According to the death certificate, Clark had the surgery because he suffered from acute urinary retention.

The cause of death is listed as acute myocardial infarction -- in other words, a heart attack -- and coronary artery disease.

Clark's remains have been cremated.  There's been no official announcement yet regarding a memorial service.

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Memorial Plans Discussed for Dick Clark

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Dick Clark, who died last week at the age of 82, has been cremated.  Discussions for a memorial service to honor the beloved celebrity are “still being discussed,” a publicist has told The Wrap.

The New York Post reports there will be a tribute to Clark at this year's New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square.  Fans will be invited to share their memories of the TV legend on one-inch-square pieces of confetti, which will be mixed with regular confetti and scattered during the dropping of the ball at midnight.

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Regis Philbin, Other Stars, Fans Remember Dick Clark

ABC/ Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Regis Philbin is one of the many stars remembering the late Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at the age of 82.

Philbin filled in as host of Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in 2004, after Clark suffered a stroke. He says of his experience on the special, "I was sorry he couldn't be there and I wondered what the reaction was going to be, but I just kept saying, Dick is back next year, believe me. But that was a thrill for me and I'll never forget it."

Philbin tells ABC News Radio he believes New Year's Rockin' Eve is in capable hands with Ryan Seacrest, adding, "I think he has it well under control."

Philbin describes Clark as an innovator in the TV business. He says, "Once I got on a plane and all of a sudden there was Dick Clark sitting next to me. So for six hours on the way from L.A. to New York we talked about the business over and over and over again and I said, Wow, this guy is brilliant."

Joe Bonsall of country music legends the Oak Ridge Boys was a longtime friend of Clark's, and he calls him "our first video deejay in a way." Bonsall explains, "He gave us music, he brought it to the kids, and I think his incredible legacy will be that he was the American icon who stood up there behind the podium and brought the music too us...every genre."

Chubby Checker echoes that sentiment: "If Elvis was the King of Rock 'n' Roll then Dick Clark is the king of all disc jockeys."

At Clark's Hollywood Walk of Fame star, fans saluted the TV icon and left flowers.

Here are some other celebrity reactions on Twitter and elsewhere to the news of Clark's passing:

  • Mario Lopez, a co-host on the 2001-2003 Dick Clark daytime talk show The Other Half: Just heard the news of Dick Clark... It was truly an honor to have worked with him, learn from him and to be able to call him a friend. He was a great man and an even better friend. The word legend is thrown around a lot, but it's never more appropriate than when used in describing Mr. Clark. He was a real inspiration & influence in my life. I will dearly miss my friend...Rest well DC."
  • Jenny McCarthy, who served as a correspondent on New Year's Rockin' Eve in recent years: "RIP dick Clark. You were amazing to work with. U will be missed. Xxxoo."
  • Joan Rivers: "Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!"
  • Debbie Gibson, 1980s pop star who performed on American Bandstand: "Just heard about Dick Clark. Oh man.... So sad :-("
  • Rob Thomas, Matchbox 20 frontman: "The end of an era. R.I.P. Dick Clark."
  • Billy Ray Cyrus: "R.I.P. Dick Clark. Thoughts and prayers with the Clark Family."
  • Snoop Dogg: "REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir."
  • Questlove, member of The Roots: "Dick Clark. A Great Philadelphian. Thank You Very Much!"
  • Janet Jackson: "Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless."
  • Barry Manilow: "He was a dear friend, supporting me and my music for all of my years in the business. A great businessman and a true gentleman. An inspiration. My heart is so heavy now."
  • Kenny Rogers: “I’m one of the lucky people who can say that I knew Dick Clark personally. Dick produced almost every awards show I was on during the 80’s, and he constantly encouraged me toward success. He will be missed by everyone–especially by those who knew him well.”
  • Diana Ross: "I was very sad to here this news....Dick Clark was a pioneer, he was a music star maker, he was a legend and was my friend. He said that 'music is the soundtrack of your life.' Since I was 16, he was always a part of mine."
  • Stevie Wonder: "Dick Clark bridged a color gap at a time when there should not have been one, giving musical life to black artists that may not have had a chance. He gave music freedom - equal opportunity. He wore many hats and all of them incredibly well.  His saying was it’s got a beat and you can dance to it.  My words are he had a heart of gold, that's what I know and I'm stickin to it."
  • Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff: "As fellow Philadelphians, we have admired Dick Clark and the American Bandstand brand for many years, as it promoted Philadelphia music around the nation. Dick Clark was one of our inspirations for creating the ‘Sound of Philadelphia’ music brand."
  • Berry Gordy, Motown founder: "I’m saddened and devastated over the loss of my dear friend, Dick Clark.   We were friends for over 50 years....Dick was always there for me and Motown, even before there was a Motown....Dick did everything with class, style and integrity.  He was a true gentleman. His groundbreaking achievements in music and television ensure that his legacy will live on forever."

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Ryan Seacrest Calls Dick Clark 'One of the Greatest Influences in My Life'

Dick Clark, Fergie and Ryan Seacrest in 2008. ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(NEW YORK) -- Among the millions of fans saddened by the passing of Dick Clark is one very special one: Ryan Seacrest.  Often compared to Clark, Seacrest first joined the legendary broadcaster as co-host of ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in December of 2005, and also became an executive producer of the show.

In a statement to ABC News Radio, Seacrest said, "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel."

Seacrest added, "It was a dream come true to work with him every New Year's Eve for the last 6 years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I'll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him.”

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Dick Clark Dead at 82

Dick Clark on January 1, 2012. ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Entertainment legend Dick Clark, known as "America's Oldest Teeenager," has died, ABC News Radio has confirmed.  The American Bandstand pioneer, who'd suffered a stroke in 2004, passed away following a massive heart attack; he'd entered the hospital Tuesday night for an outpatient procedure.  Clark is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.

Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Nov. 30, 1929, Richard Wagstaff Clark began his lifelong career in show business began before he was even out of high school. He started working in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in upstate New York run by his father and uncle. It wasn't long before the teenager was on the air, filling in for the weatherman and the announcer.

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Clark pursued his passion at Syracuse University, working as a disc jockey at the student-run radio station while studying for his degree in business. After graduating in 1951, Clark went back to his family's radio station, but within a year, a bigger city and bigger shows were calling. 

Clark landed a gig as a DJ at WFIL in Philadelphia in 1952, spinning records for a show he called Dick Clark's Caravan of Music. There he broke into the big time, hosting Bandstand, an afternoon dance show for teenagers. Within five years, the whole country was watching. ABC took the show national, and American Bandstand was born.

When Dick Clark moved to Hollywood in 1963, American Bandstand moved with him. He started Dick Clark Productions, and began cranking out one hit show after another; his name became synonymous with everything from the $25,000 Pyramid to TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes to the American Music Awards.In 1972, Dick Clark became synonymous with one of the biggest nights of the year.

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Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC became a Dec. 31 tradition, with Clark hosting the festivities for more than three decades, introducing the entertainment acts and, of course, counting down to midnight as the ball dropped in New York's Times Square.

But the traditional celebration saw a temporary stop in 2004, when Clark suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and struggling to speak. Regis Philbin stepped in. But by the next New Year's Eve, Dick Clark was back, his speech still impaired. In halting words, he told the audience, "I had to teach myself how to walk and talk again. It's been a long, hard fight. My speech is not perfect but I'm getting there."

But that didn't stop him: he returned each year, and in recent years, he was joined by Ryan Seacrest.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications has done the math, and figures that Dick Clark Productions has turned out more than 7,500 hours of television programming, including more than 30 series and 250 specials, as well as more than 20 movies for theatre and TV.

All this earned Clark a long list of awards and accolades: Emmys, Grammys, induction in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It also made him one of the richest men in Hollywood; he also had stakes in a wide range of businesses, including restaurants, theaters and real estate.

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Ryan Seacrest Ready to 'Get Chills' While Ringing in 2011

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the sixth year in a row, Ryan Seacrest will be welcoming in the New Year live from New York City's Times Square, as the host of ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  And Seacrest says his favorite part of the gig each year isn't the ball dropping, the confetti, or even all the big names who'll be performing on the show.  No, for Seacrest, it's that one special moment when he realizes that he's standing at the so-called "crossroads of the world."  He tells ABC News, "Every year, you're on the air...and then at midnight, you just stop talking, and you take in that atmosphere, and that environment, and you get chills, no matter how many times [you've done it]....[I get] chills every year."

Though Seacrest is in his sixth year as co-host of the show, and Dick Clark has been doing it for more than three decades, Seacrest says it never gets old.  He explains, "It's something both of us, I know, look forward to every year," saying that he likes "the notion of celebrating at the end of the year."  Seacrest explains, "I know it's been a tough year, the last few years have been difficult.  But to have a celebration, where everyone's in the same frame of mind, is special. And we enjoy hosting that."

This year's show features over a dozen music acts, including the ones who'll be performing in Times Square with Seacrest: Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block.  Asked why artists always seem to jump at the chance to appear on New Year's Rockin' Eve, Seacrest says, "I think it's because Dick has created such an institution in this program,"  but adds, "It also has quite a draw.  You've got about 30 million people watching when that ball drops, and it's a fantastic platform, and a great place for them to celebrate."

One thing that Seacrest has had to learn over the past six years is how to stay warm on New Year's Eve -- since he's originally from Georgia and now lives in L.A., cold weather's not his thing. This year, the enormous snowstorm that recently paralyzed New York won't affect the show, and there's no precipitation in the forecast.  In fact, it'll be above freezing Friday night, according to weather reports.  Seacrest jokes that Dick Clark will be disappointed -- he claims that Clark "deep down inside hopes for some rain and some sleet and some snow to dump on that I've paid my dues, if you will. He's got that type of sense of humor!"

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest gets underway Friday night at 10 p.m. ET.

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New Kids, Backstreet Boys Added to 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Seacrest will welcome two very special guests to his stage on New Year's Eve: New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys.

Both groups, who'll be touring together in 2011, have joined the lineup of ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, and will perform in New York City's Times Square right before the ball drops.  Other performers on this year's show include Jennifer Hudson, Avril Lavigne, Natasha Bedingfield, and Train.

Fergie will host the West Coast portion of the show, while Jenny McCarthy will help out Seacrest in New York.  The show gets underway at 10:00 p.m. ET Dec. 31 on ABC.

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Host, Performers Announced for 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'

Photo Courtesy - Disney/ABC Television Group/Dick Clark [dot] com(NEW YORK) -- ABC's annual special Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest will be quite the star-studded affair this year.

Not only is Fergie returning for a fifth year to host the Los Angeles party segments of the show, but viewers will see performances during those segments from the likes of Natasha Bedingfield, Train, Jennifer Hudson and Avril Lavigne, as well as Will Smith's 9-year-old daughter Willow, whose song "Whip My Hair" has become an online sensation.

The event kicks off 10 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 31 and will run for three-and-a-half hours, cutting back and forth between Ryan Seacrest, Dick Clark and Jenny McCarthy in New York City's Times Square, and Fergie and the L.A. party segments.  There will also be a look at New Year's celebrations from around the globe, and the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square.

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